Permian Grad Dies in Iraq

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

Odessa, Texas- Family members of Sgt. Bacilio Cuellar received news, their son died in Iraq on May 30th. Sgt. Cuellar was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. He attended Permian in 2000 and spent 3 years in the ROTC and three years marching as a percussionist in the Mojo Band.

"You have your heart ripped out, to shreds," said Lori Cuellar, Sgt. Cuellar's mother who recalls the moment she learned her son wasn't coming home.

"They asked us to sit down and he said ma'am, I regret that on this day May 30th at 14:46 Iraq time your son was on patrol and his vehicle was struck by and IED and he died, he didn't survive," said Cuellar.

His Father Rafael also struggles to understand.

"I was just numb to knowing that my baby was gone, he's my only son. I have to trust in god to help me stand up and keep on moving," he said.

Sgt. Cuellar leaves behind a wife and three children who live in Germany. Here in Odessa his family remembers his warmth.

"His hugs were the best hugs in the world and he always had open arms, even for the people there," said his mother.

"I know there are a lot of other families that have gone through this already and there will probably be more until they send these kids home," said Rafael Cuellar who says he is proud of his son but wants the other men and women fighting to come home.

"It's not just my son and they are pulling two and three tours and pulling double shifts. There are not enough soldiers to do what need to be done," said Lori Cuellar.